Thursday, December 5, 2013

Review: The Widows of Braxton County: A Novel by Jess McConkey


Family secrets can bind and destroy

Kate is ready to put her nomadic, city-dwelling past behind her when she marries Joe Krause and moves with him to the Iowa farm that has been in his family for more than 140 years. But life on the farm isn't quite as idyllic as she'd hoped. It's filled with chores, judgmental neighbors, and her mother-in-law, who—unbeknownst to Kate until after the wedding—will be living with them.

As Kate struggles to find her place in the small farming community, she begins to realize that her husband and his family are not who she thought they were. According to town gossip, the Krause family harbors a long-kept secret about a mysterious death that haunts Kate as a dangerous, unexplainable chain of events begins.

The Widows of Braxton County portrays two women, Hannah and Kate. They marry into the same dysfunctional family, only century apart. The woman's husbands, Jacob and Joe Krause, die in the same manner...knifes to the back.

The story alternates between Kate's story and Hannah's in rather seamless fashion. McConkey writes a great mystery.  She lays out bits of the mystery, leaving the reader anxiously turning pages.  If you like mystery and family secrets buried and then revealed, this is for you! 4 stars

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